Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: havre de grace, MD
Alright, I'm at work right now, but I'll take some pics tonight of everything. They'll probably be uploaded tomorrow or the next day.
What I used to build it: two rubbermaid containers with a latch on each side (4 total) I've heard these work pretty well, with regard to leaks. We'll see...
The tank I'm filtering is only 10 gallons. I'm planning on upgrading to something MUCH larger once we move in about a year and a half. I may have to swap the pump out with something larger, but I think this filter will be big enough for a much larger tank. Also, there are two main reasons I wanted a canister filter for this tank. Every Sunday, when I do water changes, there is always a little ammonia in the tank, and nitrates are pretty high. Basically, I bought too many fish for the tank, (just got started in the hobby this summer, didn't know any better) and now it's overstocked. All the fish have plenty of room to swim, because most of them are nocturnal, but that doesn't change the bio-load. So I need a really good filter to help take care of this extra ammonia and nitrate.
Also, I have a stone wall for a background, and it keeps getting covered in silt/sand. I made a vertical spray bar which will blow water through the holes in the stone wall, therefore cleaning it of any debri (hopefully) Hence a gallon canister filter for a 10 gallon tank.
Prefilter media is Hagen Fluval External Power Filter Media (ceramic)
Mechanical filter is about 3 inches of filter floss
Bio filter is Fluval bio max
Question on this, does this sound like a good set up? I just kinda guessed, and figured this would be a good combination. Any thoughts?
And the pump is a hydor 160 gph pump. Now, 160 gph, in a perfect world, would circulate the water 16 times in an hour. But after pulling it through all the filtering media, valves, etc. I'm hoping on hitting 80 gph. We'll see.
Pics to come! And if the filter actually works the way I plan, there's no leaks, etc. Then I'll put together a step by step on how I did it. Although, any average DIYer will be able to look at the pics, and see what was done.